Prospective Student


Am I Eligible

All incoming freshman that have PLACED into English 4, English 1A, Math 5, Math 6A or Math 9A are eligible.

Students are only eligible to participate if they:
  • Have taken the AWPE and placed into English 4 or English 1A
  • Have taken the MAE and placed into Math 5, Math 6A or Math 9A
  • Students can only take one of the above courses, so they only need to be placed into one of the courses to be eligible for the Highlander Early Start Academy.
Which Highlander Early Start Academy class should I take? (Select your College/Major)



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  • ARC-35 - Intermediate Algebra Workshop is NOT a part of the Highlander Early Start Academy. You can, however, take English 4 or English 1A if you placed into it.
  • ARC 35  is offered over the summer, but we recommend that students only participate in one of the programs. Either Highlander Early Start Academy OR ARC 35, due to the time demands required for each program.



English OR Math Academy

College Success Course

HESA 001 (1 unit) – College Success Course

HESA 001 – College Success Course is a once a week course that is a core part of the Highlander Early Start Academy. This course will focus on the student transition to college.  

This course has two main components:

  1. Develop effective strategies for mastering success at UCR. 
  2. Hone skills that will be useful in this program and in your growth as a student. 

The academic & personal skills that will be discussed included:

  • Leadership
  • Time Management 
  • Financial and Budgeting
  • Test preparation
  • Critical thinking
  • Reading & Note-taking
  • Communication & Diversity
  • Goal Setting & Motivation

Early Start Activities


Below are the activities that you will be attending while you are in the Highlander Early Start Academy. We have designed these activities to help HESA students become more familiar with the UCR campus, fellow students, as well as the Early Start Peer mentors.

Week 2 – Low Ropes (Mandatory)
  • This activity involves physical and mental challenges conducted low to the ground. It will take group effort to accomplish. The group creates the safety system, spotting and supporting one another
Week 3 – High Ropes (Mandatory)
  • This activity involves physical and mental challenges. Participants are encourage to step beyond their comfort zone and attempt, rather than complete, the element. Whether climbing a wall or walking the catwalk, these elements deliver the impression of risk, though they are built to be as safe as any activity on the ground.
Week 4 – College Success Workshop (Mandatory)
  • Academic Resource Center staff provides students with information about how to succeed in their first year at UCR.
Week 5 – Campus Scavenger Hunt (Mandatory)
  • This activity will allow students to get to know the UCR campus through this fun scavenger hunt. Student will also receive a fun prize at the end. 
Week 6 – Pool and Pizza Party (Not Mandatory)
  • Fun activity for students. Located at the Student Recreation Center and enjoy some pool time, volleyball and pizza. 

If you are unable to participate in a certain activity for whatever reason, you still need to attend and support your fellow Highlander Early Start Academy


Interest Form

If you are interested in the Highlander Early Start Academy, fill out the form below.